Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
Type Text
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Language eng
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Title Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes
Description SOWIErTE-POiITICAIi nuns' OP THE UTES Linnie H. Plndlay Ephraim, Utah Non-Professional mvision Second Elace Historical Essay "That the Mormons and Indians lived as peacefully together as they did Is a tribute both to the skill of Brigham Young and his lieutenants, and to the wisdom of tribal political chiefs, such as Sowiette and Kanosh."* The foregoing evaluation of the settlement of Utah by Convay Sozme, seems to be borne out by many historians of the early Utah period. It is written in those histories, that Chief Qra, father of Chief Sowiette, Walker, Sanpitch, Arapene and at least twelve other brothers and half-brothers, was shot in the back because he had refused to send his warriors with the Timpanogas Utes In a raid against the Shoshones. He had close relatives in the Shoshone tribe.2 Mr. Sonne states that Walker and Arapene buried their father in Ute tribal fashion, with his horses, weapons, and possibly a squaw or two. He says further that "the mantle of tribal authority now fell on "both Walker's and Sowiette's shoulders. There is a suggestion that Vakara nay have been a favorite of the old chief, and that Sowiette, who was already actively governing civil affairs of the tribe, assumed even greater influence in his sphere. Under this dual leadership came most of the tribal subdivisions." lilere is not much recorded about Sowiette, except in brief sentences in accounts of the daring atid colorful younger war-chief, Walkara, or Chief Walker, as we Know him. Orson P. Whitney, in his History of Utah, quotes Lieutenant Gunnison, who seems to be referring to Chief Cra. and Sowiettes "... A late chief (of the Utahs) acting on the plurality law, left about thirty sons, most of whom have gmnii clans under them. His true successor is a fine, brave Indian with a largest band immediately around him, and he exercises control over all whom he chooses. He is a friend of the Mormons. A half-brother of his named Walker has become rich and celebrated for his success in stealing horses from the Mexicans. He has a large drove of cattle, with many followers,"3 In a letter to his brother, Orson Pratt, who was serving as a Missionary in England, Parley P. Pratt wrote on 5 September l&tS of an Indian visit to the pioneer settlement in Salt Lake Valley, and referred to Sowiette as "king of the whole Utah nation," and he said of the Indians, "They were good looking, brave and intelligent, beyond any we had seen on this side of the mountains."^" Kenry H. Day, sub agent, wrote on 2 January 1852 to Lea Luke, Ctamissioner of Indian affairsi "All these tribes before mentioned -85-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323999
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